Definition of godless in English:



  • 1Not believing in God.

    ‘a sceptical, godless society’
    • ‘Fr Tirwomwe is one of a growing band of missionaries from Africa, Asia and America who are flocking to Britain to convert a nation they believe has slipped into godless secularism.’
    • ‘Even John Calvin, that great exponent of Christian liberty, famously forced his godless opponents to burn their own books publicly in order to escape execution.’
    • ‘The victory against godless communism gave rise to the feeling that anything was possible: something many fellow-travellers had not felt since the defeat of the Shah (and, by extension, the US).’
    • ‘Also, the only foreign power that we were hostile to - and feared - was Hitler's enemy, the Soviet Union, the exporter of godless and atheistic communism.’
    • ‘Liberalism and Communism both regarded egalitarianism as an ideal and both were godless; Communism openly so, liberalism more obscurely.’
    • ‘I mean, he challenged Communism as a godless state, head up.’
    • ‘Sounds much more like godless, egalitarian Communism than like Tailgunner Joe and his followers.’
    • ‘Under Ronald Reagan, this coalition was held together in the crusade against godless communism.’
    • ‘When the USSR was invaded in June 1941, many anguished Christians serving in the Wehrmacht began to feel a little more comfortable about supporting a war that now included the overthrow of godless communism.’
    • ‘To many in the U.S. and around the world, the collapse of the Soviet empire was the unmistakable consequence of God's justifiable wrath on godless communism and its perpetrators.’
    • ‘Re-allocation of resources to Mr. Big had become sanctified religion second only, in importance to militant opposition against godless communism.’
    • ‘The People's Party wants to be on the winning side, whatever that may be, to protect church interests from godless communism.’
    • ‘What other clergyman played any comparable role in bringing down communism, a godless system?’
    • ‘The media spin these days would have us believe that the left is godless and the right is godly (hence their election wins last year).’
    • ‘This Government, I believe, has effectively declared itself the godless Labour Party.’
    • ‘Instead of godless communists controlling tank battalions, the new enemy was a shadowy collection of individuals motivated by religious fanaticism who saw their actions as the ticket to heaven.’
    • ‘The godless communists won't tolerate the godless Westerners.’
    atheistic, unbelieving, non-believing, non-theistic, agnostic, sceptical, heretical, faithless, irreligious, ungodly, unholy, impious, profane
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    1. 1.1Without a god.
      ‘humanity coming to terms with a godless world’
      • ‘It is an extension of Fundamentalists' view that one must either accept the literal interpretation of Genesis or else believe in the godless system of evolution.’
      • ‘Thank the godless forces that created perfect order out of the universe for the moon's reduced gravity, as it was much easier to just jump to the top.’
      • ‘The predicament of man forced to live in a barren, godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation forming a useless, bleak straitjacket in a black, absurd cosmos.’
      • ‘Unlike many secular scientists, Colling believes that evolution is not necessarily godless and that his faith is heightened, not diminished, because he believes in evolution.’
      • ‘Regarding globalism as an alien and godless ideology engulfing their country, they fear that transnational forces are relentlessly eroding the traditional American way of life.’
      • ‘How typical that He should choose to bypass our grand and wonderful ecclesiastical institutions to communicate his message to the world through the godless celluloid of Hollywood.’
      • ‘The old brown eye winks in my Freudian subconscious from time to time. The thing is, I know we ain't nothing but apes in a godless, unmerciful void - but sometimes I like to imagine there's something bigger to life than that.’
      • ‘I knew I'd eventually fall far into sleep the way old, beaten men did on commuter trains and park benches, the way those on guard detail eventually and always did, but I wanted to hold her until morning came and godless birds woke us up.’
      • ‘But the godless modern world of money and machines has never been uncomplicated; its complexities and inconsistencies have simply been clarified by the order that modern political institutions have been able to bestow on it.’
      • ‘Indeed, the hobbits' Shire may be just another version of nostalgic English pastoralism, as godless and self-sufficient as the world of Badger, Mole and Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind In The Willows.’
      • ‘One of the more distressing features of these supposedly godless times is the encouragement of a kind of slack-jawed piety; we must be nice about all religious institutions simply because they are, um, religious.’
      • ‘To begin with what one might call the ‘common’ theology, welling up, so to say, out of the experience of the victims, there were some of them who felt that only in a godless world could such things as were done to them and others occur.’
      • ‘Well, a day-long hangover after going to a party held by some of the Falmouth Art School's Professional Writing group, in fact, but the general sense of being adrift in a godless void with a very short life expectancy was much the same.’
    2. 1.2Profane; wicked.
      ‘a mob reeling out from their godless pleasures’
      • ‘In the Hebrew language a hypocrite means - hypocritical, godless, profane, hypocrite, irreligious.’
      • ‘For we see divine retribution revealed from heaven and falling upon all the godless wickedness of men.’
      • ‘They'd have nothing left on which to point the finger at those godless evil pagan usurpers, no way to exploit the issue and make people afraid.’
      • ‘Their sinful and godless ways need to be checked with the might of the US military.’
      • ‘Why are all these immoral, indecent, godless heathens apparently committing no crimes when decent, god-fearing folk are being arrested and institutionalized in droves?’
      • ‘Only one source, Gildas, was writing within a hundred years of the events described, and even he was trying to prove his own agenda, that the kings of Briton had lost their land to the Saxons through debauchery and godless living.’
      • ‘There is a style of music which has been invading the Church of Jesus Christ which is godless, immoral, and which leads Christians into rebellion and compromise with the world.’
      • ‘How a centre-right Christian party can support a godless and unprincipled Government beggars belief.’
      • ‘Large icky evil things roam this godless barren waste after the moon rises.’
      • ‘It has become a day of godless pleasure-seeking.’
      • ‘If they find out that he is related to such a non-church attending godless infidel who is public about her godless infidelity, they might sacrifice his body on an altar in the quad between the English building and the cafeteria.’
      • ‘In the case of 18 years of Tory rule, I think they so totally expressed and formed the crass godless materialism of 80s and 90s Britain, that we have been under judgement for it, as a result of their policies, ever since.’
      immoral, wicked, sinful, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, evil, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, irreverent, criminal, nefarious, depraved, degenerate, reprobate, vice-ridden, debauched, dissolute, perverted, dissipated, intemperate, decadent, unprincipled, erring, fallen, impure, sullied, tainted
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